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Do You Have to Be Licensed to Administer Restylane or Botox?

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Yes, to legally inject fillers or Botox in the US, one must be licensed.


Laws vary state by state regarding who is licensed to inject Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Juvederm, and other injectibles. However, not only should you find a legal and licensed injector, you really should also consider the complete background of your injector, since board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons are really the only physicians who are formally trained in facial anatomy and the medical care of potential side effects. Find a trained, considerate, and detailed appropriate physician to do your treatments, and you will be happiest overall.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Licensed doctors and nurses can inject Restylane.


Properly licensed doctors (MDs and DOs) and registered nurses (RNs) and physician's assistants (PAs) under the supervision of a doctor may inject Botox or Restylane. The degree of supervision may be the real question, however.

In some spas, nurses perform these injections for clients or patients without the direct supervision of a physician in some cases. The "supervising physician: may be nothing more than a signature on a form somewhere, for which a fee is paid by the spa to the doctor. Legal--yes; appropriate--you decide for yourself!

I'm not saying a doctor necessarily has to be right there to "supervise" a trained, experienced, skilled RN injector. BUT, any patient who has injections by such a person SHOULD know who the supervising physician is, and who is responsible if there is a complaint or concern. (see the 40% who feel it is "not worth it" on this forum.)

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Who can administer injectables


In all states only licenced physicians or properly trained RNs (registered nurses) under the direct supervision of a physician can admisister injectables such as restylane or botox, and likes.

Andrew Pichler, MD
Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon
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You do need to be licensed to administer Botox but the dermal fillers


In the United Kingdom, you do need to be licensed to administer Botox but the dermal fillers such as restylane are not classified as many all devices and you do not need to be medically qualified to administer them.

The rules maybe different in America and I think it would certainly be worthwhile viewing some of the answers from your specialists in America regarding this.

Adrian Richards, MD
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Botox should be injected by an experienced professional


In New York State Botox injections must be performed by a licensed individual, but more importantly you should be sure that the person is qualified, and experienced.  Knowledge of the anatomy and anatomical variations is important. Ordering from the correct supplier to ensure that it is FDA-approved product is crucial. Unwanted visual effects from improperly injected Botox take months to go away so it is worth seeing an experienced dermatologist, plastic, ENT facial or oculoplastic surgeon for this treatment.

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Do You Have to Be Licensed to Administer Restylane or Botox?


In Florida you must be a MD or DO or Nurse Practitioner or a Physician's Assistant to inject Botox or fillers. It is up to the patient to select an experienced injector. From MIAMI , Dr. Darryl J. Blinski 305 598 0091

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
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Who can administer Botox or Restylane


You have to be a licensed medical professional to order the product. The qualifications of the individuals who can administer or inject Botox vary by state.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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You must be a licensed physician


There are variations from state to state as to who can inject without physician supervision, but in all states you must be a licensed MD to purchase Botox. Good common sense suggests that the patient would get best results from a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, but purchasing can be done even by a GYN, GP, or any specialty MD even without aesthetic training. So, buyer beware!

Mary P. Lupo, MD
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Legalities for Restylane & Botox Injection Varies from State to State


There are no uniform laws among states for who can and cannot inject these products or drugs.  You will always be safer, however, to have them injected by not only someone who is licensed, but is also a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

John Whitt, MD
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Injectors of Botox anf fillers


Each state has different requuirements,  I believe in NY a doctor, a PA or a nurse can perform these injections if properly trained.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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